MnDOT report finds metro congestion at highest point since 1993

A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation indicates solutions are needed for metro area congestion (Photo Credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation). A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation indicates solutions are needed for metro area congestion (Photo Credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation).

A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation found traffic congestion at its highest point since 1993 with more congestion potentially on the horizon.

In 2016 the Twin Cities freeway system experienced an increase in the percentage of miles of freeway system congested, from 23.4 percent in 2015 to 23.7 percent.

Many factors affect congestion levels, according to MnDOT, such as the local economy, population growth, gasoline prices, transit ridership and vehicle miles traveled.

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is currently analyzing new approaches to best provide service to downtown Minneapolis.  

To review the report, go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/rtmc/reports/congestionreport2016.pdf

To see a story on metro area congestion, go to http://www.startribune.com/the-drive-ideas-floated-to-keep-congestion-from-growing/449999703/.